Kotaro Isaka is on the fast track to international recognition as an author. Not only is one of this summer’s most anticipated film releases the Hollywood adaptation of his 2010 bestseller, “Bullet Train,” the English translation of his thriller “Three Assassins” was published by Harvill Secker on April 14.

The writer isn’t one to shy away from thrillers and mysteries, which has led him to domestic success in the form of 35 novels and short story collections under his belt.

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